Love is in the air in Brazil – Dia dos Namorados <3

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In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (lit. “Lovers’ Day”, or “Boyfriends’/Girlfriends’ Day”) is celebrated on June 12, probably because it is the day before Saint Anthony’s day, known there as the marriage saint, when traditionally many single women perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a good husband or boyfriend.

Even Frebruary, 14th being the most recognized date in the world to celebrate the day of love, there are several countries that celebrate the love of couples at different times. In most of Latin America the Día del amor y la amistad and the Amigo secreto (“Secret friend”) are quite popular and are usually celebrated together on the 14th of February (one exception is Colombia, where it is celebrated on the third Saturday in September). The latter consists of randomly assigning to each participant a recipient who is to be given an anonymous gift (similar to theChristmas tradition of Secret Santa).  After all, as other stories, this did not become widespread in all cultures. In Brazil, for example, until 1949 there was no date on the calendar to celebrate the romance between lovers, suitors and lovers.

According to an article published in the website Terra, the psychologist Thiago Almeida said that the fact that Valentine’s Day is in June is related to the trade issue – until then, this was a month of market little heated, considered the weakest for trade. “To improve sales, a publicist named João Doria, connected to the Advertising Standard Agency, launched at the request of the former shop Clipper, a campaign to improve sales in June. The campaign, with the support of the Confederation of Commerce in São Paulo consisted in changing the Valentine’s Day to June 12 with the slogan: ‘is not only kisses living love,’ “says the researcher.

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It seems to have worked. Nowadays the date is expected not only by trade, but for couples who enjoy the day by swapping demonstrations of affection, either with gifts or with small gestures. Check here for some TIPS FOR CREATIVES VALENTINE’S GIFTS.

But if you are single, don’t worry, there are ALWAYS great parties for singles on June, 12th 🙂 Maybe you can find your “gatinho” (handsome guy) or “gatinha” (pretty girl) there! 😛

Now that you already know the story we have prepared something to help you to express your feelings on this day, IN PORTUGUESE! 😀 Please let me know if your life completely change thereafter…hehehe 😛

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foncLC1n9TA

FELIZ DIA DOS NAMORADOS PRA VOCÊS!!

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(Text adapeted and translated from from Terra.)

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Simple Present in Brazilian Portuguese – REGULAR VERBS

Hello guy! How are you doing? After a short break on our posts we’re back to talk about VERBS IN PORTUGUESE! 😉

Doubts in the conjugation of verbs are very common, even for native speakers, but we are here to try to help you to understand how to conjugate a verb in Portuguese by learning some good tips that may help you to understand the logic behind Portuguese verbs.

The first thing you should know is that all the verbs in Portuguese end in -AR, -ER or – IR, for exemple: caminhAR, escrevER and partIR. So we say that there are verbs divided into 3 conjugations: 1°: AR, 2°: ER and 3°: IR. This conjugations are also the INFINITIVE of the verbs. For example, “cantar”(to sing), “sentar” (to sit down) are verbs in infinitive and they are from first conjugation because they end in -AR.

The most important thing when we are learning how to conjugate verbs in Portuguese is to know that for each one of these conjugations (-AR, -ER and -IR) there is a verb ending. When the verbs are REGULARES it is easier because the ends will be the same, changing only according to the personal pronoun and the conjugations.

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So today let’s start with the Simple Present or PRESENTE SIMPLES – INDICATIVO. Look at the example below:

CAMINHAR (To walk)

Eu caminho

Você caminha

Ele/Ela caminha

Nós caminhamos

Vocês caminham

Eles/ Elas caminham

Now you can see that all the REGULAR VERBS ending in AR will have the same end. Let’s see another verb:

FALAR (to speak)

Eu falo

Você fala

Ele/ Ela fala

Nós falamos

Vocês falam

Eles/ Elas falam

As you can see they will always end in the same way. Now check this  verb from the 2nd conjugation (-ER):

COMER (to eat)

Eu como

Você come

Ele/ Ela come

Nós comemos

Vocês comem

Eles/ Elas comem

All the regular verbs from the 2nd conjugation will end in -o, -e, -e, -emos, -em, -em.

Now to finish, let’s see how to conjugate verbs from the 3rd conjugation (-IR)

PUNIR (to punish)

Eu puno

Você pune

Ele/ Ela pune

Nós punimos

Vocês punem

Eles/ Elas punem

And this is all that you need to know to start to use the regular verbs correctly 😉

I hope this text has helped you to understand better the regular verbs. Leave you comments or your doubts, I will be glad to help you further. If you think it could be helpful to a friend feel free to SHARE IT.

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Tchau!